DISCOVER CANARY WHARF’S OPEN SPACES, PUBLIC ART AND EVENTS
Free picnic mats can be obtained from stewards at many of our summer events. Our mats are fully biodegradable and are designed for you to retain and reuse for as long as you need them.
When you’re finished with the mat, we ask that you please leave them in one of our branded picnic mat bins at our events so we can ensure it is fully recycled.
Photography & filming takes place at most Canary Wharf events throughout the estate and is used in the promotion of Canary Wharf and possible circulation to the media and retained indefinitely for future use for such purposes. Please inform the official events photographer, cameraman or the uniformed event stewards if you do not wish to be photographed or filmed.
In tandem with this, Canary Wharf boasts a year-round arts programme that includes a temporary exhibitions programme, ‘Sculpture at Work’, and annual Winter Lights Festival. Both are firmly established in the estate’s cultural calendar, alongside the 100+ arts and events that take place here throughout the year. Since 2001 the exhibition programme has presented the work of a diverse range of artists, including major figures of international renown such as Sir Anthony Caro OM, Lynn Chadwick, Phyllida Barlow RA and Phillip King CBE PPRA. The number of visitors to Canary Wharf now amounts to hundreds of thousands, and as a consequence the temporary and permanent works of art on display here have a large and growing audience.
In 2002 Canary Wharf’s Art Programme won an Art and Work Award for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Art in the Working Environment’. This achievement was followed in 2010 when Canary Wharf Group won the ‘Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme’ at the International Art and Work Awards.
The first ten years of exhibitions were celebrated in the book ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions’, published in 2011. The public art on the estate is showcased in a complementary volume, ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Permanent Collection’, launched in February 2015. Priced £25 each, both books can be purchased through Canary Wharf’s Public Art office.
Two Window Galleries in Canada Place provide a monthly showcase for up-and-coming artists and designers, presenting a wide variety of exhibits including fashion, jewellery and applied arts, as well as photography, print and painting. With a footfall of over 700,000 a week, this programme brings exhibitors a massive audience, and visitors can view unique and unusual pieces by some of today’s most interesting young designers and artists. In addition, the Community Window is dedicated to showing arts projects by local groups, reflecting the diversity of the community and its many talented participants.
Driving the artistic vision at Canary Wharf has been Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group plc who, together with the dedicated public art team at Canary Wharf, has remained passionately committed to developing the public art on offer at Canary Wharf. He comments, “From the very beginning our cultural strategy has aimed to provide a vibrant and stimulating environment for our workforce and visitors. I am very pleased to welcome this new book, which celebrates the achievements of Canary Wharf Group’s public art programme since its inception. And this is by no means the final chapter – as we progress into the future the best of art and design will continue to enrich the environment at Canary Wharf for the enjoyment of all.”
The Art Map is freely available around the Estate or if you would like to be sent a copy of the Art Map, exhibition leaflets, or require information on ordering ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions’ or ‘A Permanent Collection’ please click here and contact us. Alternatively you can click here to download the Art Map